NAMM06: New Reference Monitors From Yamaha

A worthy successor to the NS10M?      19/01/06

NAMM06: New Reference Monitors From Yamaha

Just about every major studio in the world has at least one set of Yamaha’s NS-10M’s nearfield monitors as pro engineers know what they sound like and know that they can trust their ears. Now Yamaha have just announced the HS series monitors and make the claim that these new powered cabinets produce mixes that translate accurately to other systems so you can really trust what you hear. The HS Series is a two-way, internally powered speaker system designed to provide affordable, high quality reference monitoring for all types of recording and multimedia applications—home studios, computer-based music production, gaming systems, keyboards rigs and personal computer systems.
Three cabinet models, the HS50M (MSRP $249.95), HS80M (MSRP $449.95) and HS10W (MSRP $599) subwoofer will be available in fall 2005. All products will be sold and packaged individually, making it easy to build flexible monitor setups and 5.1 systems.
Athan Billias, director, Technology Product said this of the HS series, “The HS Series is another milestone in Yamaha’s 30-year history of designing and building top-quality monitor speakers. These cabinets were designed to be true reference monitors, and you’ ll realize that from the first listening.�
The 70-watt HS50M (5-in. cone and 3/4-in. dome tweeter) and 120-watt HS80M (8-in. cone and 1-in. dome tweeter) are housed in bass reflex-type cabinets, and reproduce surprisingly tight low end and smooth, high frequency response to beyond 20 kHz. Inputs include a balanced XLR and 1/4-in. phone jack. In addition to master level controls, each speaker has trim switches that allow you to custom-tailor low, mid and high frequency response for different applications.
The HS10W powered subwoofer contains a long-stroke, 8-in. 120-watt woofer and bass reflex design cabinet that maintains high efficiency and low distortion. Connections include dual XLR and 1/4-in. inputs, and three balanced XLR outputs (Mix, L&R). Controls include master level, phase and low/high cutoff frequency. The HS10W complements the HS speakers, and easily handles today’s bass-enhanced music or the most dramatic surround effects.
According to Yamaha, the HS Series cabinets look as great as they sound. Enclosures are constructed of high-quality MDF material and a multiple layer finish that minimizes resonance. Design elements include a black finish and lighted Yamaha tuning fork logo. White polypropylene woofer cones recall the look of the classic Yamaha NS10M, and include low-damping rubber surrounds and full magnetic shielding.
“Many systems have exaggerated treble and bass responses that sound good on the first listening, but do not translate to other systems, and therefore can’t be trusted for accurate mixes,� adds Billias. “The HS Series has been designed to provide exceptional clarity and flat response, so if your mix sounds good here, it will sound good everywhere.�
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